MU Researchers Working with DeerCam

OCTOBER 28, 2005 - Posted at 7:55 a.m. CDT

ST. LOUIS, MO - Between hunters and cars, autumn is a tough time of year for deer.

Now, a University of Missouri researcher is gaining insight into deer behaviour through tiny cameras mounted on the animals' heads.

A team led by Josh Millspaugh put small, wireless video cameras on three white-tailed deer, then collected more than 200 hours of  "deercam" video.  The images give a deer's-eye view as the animals ate, slept, sparred, played, even mutually groomed.

The study took place at a conservation area near Ashland.  The cameras were mounted on the antlers of two males.  One female wore a neck-mounted camera.

In about a year, Millspaugh hopes to do similar research using deer in the wild.  A $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation will help pay for that study.

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